Verstappen: Bernoldi is worst team mate

Flying Dutchman Jos Verstappen has labelled fellow Arrows driver Enrique Bernoldi as the worst team mate he has ever had during his seven years in Formula 1

Verstappen: Bernoldi is worst team mate

Verstappen is in his second stint with the Arrows team and had expected to have Pedro de La Rosa alongside him for the 2001 season. However, the Spaniard was replaced at the last minute by Bernoldi, who brought Red Bull backing to the Leafield outfit, and little else according to Verstappen.

"I don't get on with him very well," said Verstappen. "We talk to each other very little and I must say, he is the worst team mate I have had in Formula 1. I think there are better people for the team to get than him."

Verstappen's former team mates include current Ferrari men Michael Schumacher and Rubens Barrichello. Despite the Dutchman's criticism however, the Arrows pair are equal in the qualifying stakes with each outpacing the other on six occasions so far this year.

Qualifying pace aside, Verstappen's criticism centres on the 22-year-old's lack of race pace. Bernoldi was thrown into the limelight earlier this year at the Monaco Grand Prix when he held up a charging David Coulthard, who spent two thirds of the race trying to get past on the twisty street circuit.

"I think he is a talented driver in qualifying," added Verstappen. "But he is not so strong in the race."

Verstappen has been confirmed as an Arrows driver for 2002, but Bernoldi, who has only crossed the finish line four times in 12 outings this season, has still to sign a contract for next year.

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